Monday, July 23, 2012

And the winner is...

AnnaMaria Mondro!
Thanks to all who entered. I may do another giveaway at the end of the year, if I'm not sick of knitting by then ;) Anna, contact me with color preference and item preference.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

last day to enter my giveaway!

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a hand knit goodie made by me! 
I will be choosing a winner at noon tomorrow.
I know I can do better than 10 comments!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tomatoes! And don't forget to enter my giveaway...

I picked my first ripe tomato today, an heirloom variety named Dad's Sunset. It's gorgeous. I can't wait to eat it. I'm surprised that I have one already...most of my plants are nowhere near producing maters.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Only 2 days left!

Friday, July 20, 2012

still time to enter!

Its is the most beautiful, perfect morning in suburban Michigan today!
My son will be home in a little more than 12 hours, and rumor is he just scored a goal.
Life is good.
There is still time to enter my giveaway. Don't be left out in the cold :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bayard hat, and enter my giveaway!

Nothing screams summer quite like a wool hat.

The pattern is Bayard from Brooklyn Tweed. First time using Loft yarn. I like the way it knitted up, but wouldn't say I'm a big fan of the yarn in general. The dark brown especially was very wispy and pulled apart easily. That's frustrating to someone who likes to pull their stitches tight so they don't have ladders! I like the pattern though, and have lots of other yarns I can make more hats with.
Have you entered my giveaway yet? You could be the proud owner of a hand knit hat.
Of course, you're not expected to wear it on 104 degree days!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

600th blog posts...and a giveaway!

This is my 600th blog post! A lofty milestone that I never thought I'd ever hit. Not because I'm not wordy (ahem), but because I'm lazy and blog in my head all the time and never actually get around to putting it down.
So...I'm going to host a giveaway!
I will hand knit something for one lucky commenter, in your choice of color. It may be a hat. It may be gloves. It may be socks. It may be a scarf. It will be made just for you*. Because I like you.
All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post. I will choose a winner Monday July 23rd.
And now, some random things making me happy:
 This fabric will become pillows in the near future.
 This is how much I've been drinking lately. I'm awesome.
 Having lunch with good friends. And two handed drinks.
 9 beans. The whole sum of my first harvest.
 I put my hair in a ponytail today! I know you're jealous of how hot I am.
Photo updates of my son on his VA beach adventure.

So there you have it! 600. wow.
Comment away!
*If you have big feet, I promise you it won't be socks :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Evan & Max

I was just downloading photos from my camera and came across these two shots.
They are not great composition, the lighting is too harsh, and the second one is blurry. 
And yet, they melt my heart.
A little glimpse into the relationship Evan has with his youngest cousin. One becoming a boy, one becoming a man.

Love these boys. I hope they will always be close.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


One of the items on my summer manifesto was to knit 5 pair of socks. Well, I just finished pair #4 and have started pair #5.
I may even get a few more pair knitted. Awesome. It feels so good to use up some of the sock yarn that I've been hoarding saving up for a special occasion. I've barely made a dent in my stash, but I am well on my way. So happy to see the yarns knit up.

*as dubbed by my pal Erica, who is a knitting superstar in her own right.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Project Life: week 21

Wow, I am so far behind in posting these. Here is week 21
full spread:
 Left side: lots of oldies but goodies here! 7 Gypsies stickers, A CZ template, a label from who knows where, washi tape, Bananafish Studios tab & flair. I also added in a second journaling square detailing my experience with diabetes. AE template there.
 Cute kids.
 Right side: Nisa Fiin journal card, 7 Gypsies best card, Heidi Swapp labels, October Afternoon label, JIllibean Soup label.
 Close-up of the girls at the last soccer game.

 cute kids again.
Thanks for looking! I need to get caught up one of these days!